View Full Version : Check whether your new business logo infringe a copyright

03-24-2005, 12:56 AM

I came up with a new logo for a small business company.
How is it possible to check if the new logo infringes anybody's copyright (their logo)?

The logo is a creation with two initials.
For example, if the company name is MicroSoft, I made the new logo using M and S.

03-24-2005, 07:13 AM
That's more a question for your lawyer than a computing forum. Logos are trademarked rather than copyright, you could start with the Patent and Trademark office (http://www.uspto.gov/)

Or just use it and see if anyone sues you :(

Unless it looks similar to, is used in the same industry and is attempting to confuse the consumer with an existing, recognizeable logo then you're proably fine.

03-24-2005, 06:07 PM
In some countries you can get onto the intellectual property department site (or whatever they might be called where you are: patents, trademarks, copyright etc etc - check with the govt) and do a search by various parameters, and possibly even see a picture of logos.

03-24-2005, 09:49 PM
You can also do an Image search on Google for instance: "MS logo" to get, in this instance, 48,900 examples of logos in use.